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Bryson DeChambeau’s handshake snub: Big deal or not so much?



Bryson DeChambeau looked well on his way to capturing the Porsche European Open, Sunday. Instead, he went 5 over for his final four holes and final-round 6-over 78 and tied for 13th.

DeChambeau’s fall allowed journeyman Richard McEvoy to hoist his first trophy. However, the feel-good story of a long-time pro winning for the first time was unfortunately trumped by something else: an apparent snub from DeChambeau as he exited the 18th green.

Noel Gallagher, presumably not of Oasis fame, tweeted a capture from the telecast.

Now, the camera angle doesn’t show either of the men’s hands. However, you assume DeChambeau–since he went through the trouble of removing his cap–offered some sort of handshake.

It wasn’t a sort many liked, however.

Now, you can see a few of the chapters in the grim saga of DeChambeau’s final few holes in this Golf Channel clip. It also gives a little better look at the shake.

DeChambeau had just holed a putt for double bogey. The tournament was firmly within his grasp and he imploded. For a guy who wears his heart on the sleeve of his Puma golf shirt, it’s entirely understandable that he’d be absolutely boiling walking off the 72nd hole.

That said, few would say a dismissive handshake was appropriate in what we so often call a gentleman’s game.

All that said, what do you think GolfWRX members? Should Bryson be raked over the coals, or are we overreacting?

Update: DeChambeau posted this apology to Instagram

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  1. geohogan

    Sep 5, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Bryson made himself a target for Eu fans in France.

    Will he take it like a man or ‘fold like a cheap suit’
    it will be an interesting side show.

  2. joro

    Sep 1, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Just another big deal over nothing so some hack ‘writer” can put something on paper. What a worthless Clown.

  3. Richard Douglas

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Still looking for the snub. He took off his cap, walked over to him, shook his hand, then exited quickly.

    All of this anguish because Bryson didn’t linger and offer a few words? Time to coin a new term: “Pre-Hater.” Just looking for any excuse….

  4. Sonny McTesty

    Aug 18, 2018 at 1:26 am

    Let it go people. Geezus H Christ, he made one mistake, and will pay for it with a lifetime of social media bashing. Sad society we live in these days.

  5. orangeology

    Aug 14, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    a few words that make a normal WRX day to a bunch of hungry stray dogs barking at an empty pizza box: PXG. DeChambeau. Reed. Tiger.


    • Biily Barue

      Aug 16, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      Dechaputz has a looong history of this behaviour. The fact that this cutrently is an issue is telling.

  6. AT

    Aug 13, 2018 at 2:55 am

    This is making a mountain of a molehill. It’s really sad and simultaneously comical how many people, especially on this site, look for any excuse to bash Bryson. Maybe it’s an age thing. What kind of person do you have to be to actively look for anything he might be at fault for? I’d love to meet all of the infallible saints here when they were 24. Seem that nobody is capable of considering a different point of view.

    He’s different, and is still a better golfer than about 3/4 of the tour. The man is going to have some bumps and bruises along the way as he learns and matures. Those that can’t accept that need to take a look at themselves.

  7. David

    Aug 7, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    not one of these above comments even asks is Bryson ok ? we don’t know what’s going on with him. maybe a family member or a close friend has been diagnosed with cancer. u only need look at Bryson on the driving range at the British Open to know something is not right. it’s ok for ppl to have an opinion but first and foremost is the mental health of those we put so much pressure on. If i had a work mate or friend exhibit such a change in personality i would be the first to ring and ask to meet up and ask is everything ok. maybe everything is ok and it was a bad moment. so lets forgive him for that. if he continues then sure, we can comment. He has brought such a new approach to an ancient game that i for one hope he keeps playing and pushing the boundaries for years to come. i wish him the best.

  8. Hoganben

    Aug 2, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Me generation or perhaps just people who grew up watching Tiger (love it when Tiger ignores fans)….the supposed apology was really a tweet all about himself and his golf game. It should have started off with the apology and should not really have anything about his game etc. Plus everyone makes an apology after the fact on twitter for public relations reasons mainly so they don’t lose sponsers.Nicklaus loved to beat people, but when he actually did lose he went out of his way to congratulate people.

    Ps…if it was ok to be rude It would have been fine then for McEvoy to point out Bryson choked like a dog.

  9. Jordan Robert Anderson

    Jul 31, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Greg Norman was man enough to congratulate Nick Faldo after what is probably one of the most painful collapses in sports history. Watch that round in 1996 then try to tell me Bryson has an excuse. The shark may have been known for choking, but I’ll always remember him for sucking it up, being a man, and extending his hand to Faldo.

  10. Jack Nash

    Jul 31, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Childish on Bryson’s part. You’ll have more cave in days in the future. Learn from this one so you’re prepared.


    Jul 30, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Arrogant. Palmer would never approve.

    • KL Nix

      Jul 30, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      I whole heartedly agree with your sentiment. I understand the feeling of helplessness he must have felt letting it all get away in what can only be described as a train wreck, but you learn more from your losses in this game than you ever do from your wins from my chair. The question is what would Captain Furyk say about it being as he is on the bubble.

  12. D. Eklund

    Jul 30, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    We expect public figures to be perfect 100% of the time and it is not possible. As it is said “we are human.” In watching the last 4 holes it was if Bryson was living a nightmare. i do not play at his his level but in a local tournament I had a back 9 once where nothing went right. I was frustrated beyond belief. My point is when we holed out on 18 I said good round to my playing partner and got the heck out of there. I don’t think DeChambeau was maliciously disrespectful-he looked like he was going to cry on the course. IMO he rectified the situation with a post later. I think people should cut him a break.

    • Geohogan

      Aug 1, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      Perfect would be 18 birdies. Golf is not a game of perfect, as the author wrote.

      Bryson is a self absorbed narcissist. Poster boy for the ugly American? Maybe that spot is taken.

    • christian

      Aug 11, 2018 at 10:56 am

      No we don’t. But we do expect grown up behaviour and not acting like a whiny little kid. That is far FAR from demanding “perfection”.

  13. Caroline

    Jul 30, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Makes me laugh, single plane swing does not work when you get off plane now does it…nerves just as tough on that kinda of swing, maybe reason Moe Norman could hit a million straight shots on driving range but on course with top pros he folded just like most.

    • Josh

      Jul 30, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      Is your comment mean to highlight the role that nerves play in golf? Or are you trying to discredit the method of swinging on a single plane?

    • Funkaholic

      Jul 30, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      You must be at the top of the leader boards every week then, you obviously have it all figured out.

    • Geohogan

      Aug 1, 2018 at 2:57 pm

      Moe Norman had 33 course records and 55 Canadian tour wins. What else makes you laugh?

      Single plane swing is a marketing ruse by those who tried to exploit
      Moe Norman. “Vertical drop and horizontal tug” is not a one plane swing.

  14. commoner

    Jul 30, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Anybody of age that recalls “the ugly American?”

  15. PM

    Jul 30, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    I’ll take the minority view here: he handled it quite well. He’s boiling inside (a form of temporary insanity) and decides the prudent thing to do is to leave immediately before he does anything he’ll regret. Then he gives props (publicly) in due course. If anyone reading this has ever busted a club or kicked his bag you know what he was feeling at the moment. Look up McEnroe from the 1970s for a contrast.

  16. Iain

    Jul 30, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Pretty sure Richard didn’t give a toss at that moment. Still not what you expect from a professional.

  17. TONEY P

    Jul 30, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Nobody likes to lose, but you have to be respectful.

  18. golfraven

    Jul 30, 2018 at 9:26 am

    I am glad the win went to the underdog. Players like DeChambeau take wins for granted and its just a matter of collecting those like stamps. A lot of the young guns (there are exceptions) go off the rails when things go south. Certainly crumbled here – looks like he is not at the right state of mind these days looking at some footage of him lately.

  19. Devlin

    Jul 30, 2018 at 9:11 am

    …well that was not cool!it shows his immaturity level and his arrogance. Suck it up princess, it’s golf and you are playing a sport for a living and making money at it. It’s ok to be upset with yourself that u didn’t have the game at that point to finish off the win. It’s not ok to not acknowledge your opponents win, it hurts , it sucks but learn from it don’t behave like a 6 year old. It’s no wonder the broadcast companies don’t interview him as much.

    • NormW

      Jul 30, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      In case anyone was wondering, his whole performance shows that he does not have Ryder cup mentality. Who would want him as a partner? Love to have him as an opponent.

  20. Gmatt

    Jul 30, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Slicing up to his nickname of “douche chambeau”

  21. Herb

    Jul 30, 2018 at 7:57 am

    I don’t know how it can be a big deal, he didn’t violate the rules of golf. If you mean does it tell you something about DeChambeau, does it make you like or dislike him, then that’s personal. I don’t like it, think it doesn’t speak well of him, but he did apologize. If it doesn’t happen again then my opinion of him will go back up. Is it really any worse than what Dustin Johnson did after he blew the victory at I forget which major by missing a putt on the 18th? He didn’t show up for the awards ceremony. To me that’s a bit worse even and no one even mentioned it.

    • Joe prairie

      Jul 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

      Great point Herb. A lot of folks, especially the golf news hack are jealous of Bryson because he is a bit different and chooses to not follow the beaten path of traditional golf ways.
      It’s no big deal, except in the minds of the armchair wannabe golfers.

    • Garry Pierce

      Jul 30, 2018 at 2:36 pm

      an apology via tweeter is a COWARDS way out. Have some ALLS and apologize in person! That is the proper and a manly way of doing a wrong!

  22. Geoffrey Holland

    Jul 30, 2018 at 7:51 am

    He gave the guy a handshake what more do you want? With pissed off I totally understand his walking off like that.

  23. neil

    Jul 30, 2018 at 4:36 am

    he would have been invited to play along with some nice appearance money.

    so thats easily solved!

  24. PT

    Jul 29, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Banish him

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Adam “Pacman” Jones talks handicap, lowest score, shows off new clubs



The trick-shot artist, golfing dynamo, and general internet phenomenon that is Matty sat down for a quick nine questions with veteran NFL cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, who plays to a 14 handicap.

Check out their conversation below.

Matty also took a peek at the fresh set of clubs in Jones’ bag. It looks like Matty, who is affiliated with Bridgestone Golf, has made sure the veteran cornerback has the company’s latest wares, including custom Tour B X-CB irons and custom KBS Tour shafts.

Hopefully, Matty will follow up with an Adam Jones WOTW (What’s on the Wrist). Holy Rolly, Pacman!

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Tweets of the Week: Best golf posts from Twitter over the last week



Louis Oosthuizen cried tears of joy after winning the South African Open, while Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman triumphed at the QBE shootout. But those weren’t the only talking points over the last week in the golfing world. Here’s a look at some things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere.

Uncanny Bubba Impression

He’s nailed impressions of Dustin Johnson and Keegan Bradley in the past, and now Jack Bartlett turned his talents to the mercurial Bubba Watson. The result is both hysterical and scarily impressive.

“Mud Ball!!”

Because the original “mud ball” moment is just as hilarious.

The Turf Chopper

A look into the future of golf on the fairways?

DeChambeau’s New Bag

Bryson showed off his slick new golf bag while in action last week. What do we think GolfWRXers?

Please Replace Divots

A squirrel at the QBE Shootout this week showing more etiquette on the course than some golfers do.

Open Championship Mania

An 11-year old’s mother showed just how much her boy enjoyed his experience at this year’s Open Championship…

…leading to The R&A and Open Championship combining to provide the kid with an experience that he will never forget.






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Exploring Ireland: Where to golf, drink and stay on the Emerald Isle. Pt. 2. Old Tom Morris Links, Donegal



In these series of articles, I will be taking you around the Emerald Isle providing you with great golf courses to visit in some of the loveliest spots in Ireland. I’ll also be highlighting the best and most authentic Irish bars in these spots, as well as places to stay, eat and how to get there. Whether you’re taking a golfing holiday to Ireland in 2019 or are interested in doing so sometime in the future, I’ll make sure to let you in on the best places to spend your time.

In Part One of our Exploring Ireland series, we focused on County Wicklow and showcased Woodbrook Golf Club. Now it’s time for Part Two, and we’re taking a trip to the far northwest corner of the island, and into County Donegal.

While it may not be the most accessible destination, Donegal is an absolute must for anyone traveling to Ireland. Voted number one on The National Geographic Traveler’s ‘cool list’ for 2017, Donegal is like no place you’ve ever seen. Full of breathtaking beaches, incredible walking trails, cosy pubs and of course, excellent golf courses, you’re guaranteed to have a great time here.

Old Tom Morris Links, Donegal


My pick for the top golf course to visit in the county is the Old Tom Morris Links, situated within the Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort.

In 1891, while a guest of Lord Leitrim, Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews decided to visit Donegal, and in typical Tom Morris fashion, he believed that it was the ideal location to build a championship course. What Morris created was a course with wide rolling fairways and magnificent greens that have stood the test of time.


The course was renovated twice before a new Strand Nine opened in 2009 which now plays as the front nine of the Old Tom Morris Links. The addition gives the course a wonderful mix of a traditional and modern links feel.

The challenging course plays over 6,900 yards from the back tees, and only offers up the relief of three par-fives. The challenge can also become even more daunting should the wind blow, and being situated along “The Wild Atlantic Way,” you should expect nothing less.


While you will no doubt enjoy the stern test and the natural feel of the golf course, visitors will have even more to look forward to should they take the trip here. The course runs along Tramore beach overlooking Sheephaven Bay and offers up sensational views no matter what hole you are on during your round.

The rates to play 18 holes at the Old Tom Morris Links begin at $40 in winter, and $60 during the summer months.

Food & Drink – The Olde Glen Bar, Carrigart


A 10-minute drive from the course will take you to The Olde Glen Bar a few minutes from Carrigart, which Ulster’s very own Hollywood star and golf fan Jamie Dornan (The Fall, 50 Shades of Grey) called the “best bar in the world.”

The bar first opened in 1768, making it one of the oldest bars in Donegal. The Olde Glen Bar has kept its very traditional feel, and when you get there, you will feel like you’ve been transported back in time. Wooden floors, big open-lit fires, low ceilings and door frames add to the charm of this little bar where there is always something going on.


There is live traditional music playing in the bar every weekend, and along with the music, The Olde Glen Bar boasts an excellent craft beer, whiskey and gin selection. The bar prides itself on its Kinnegar beer, brewed just up the road, and it’s well worth a try if Guinness isn’t your thing.

The bar also features a highly acclaimed restaurant, offering up dishes such as seatrout, venison, supreme of chicken and plenty of other delights.


Where To Stay

The obvious choice is the Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort itself. This luxury establishment will cater to all your needs and is the ideal place to stay when in the area if you have the money to splash out. A classic double room will set you back around $200 a night, or you can go for the stay and play option which provides you with two nights bed, and breakfast along with a round of golf at both the Old Tom Morris and the Sandy Hills Links for around $300 per person.

If you’re looking for somewhere less expensive or more traditional, then there are plenty of cottages in the area that will add even more character to your adventure. Here’s what you can expect should you wish to stay in an Irish cottage in the area, and it will give you a feel for true Irish life out on the Atlantic Ocean.


Donegal has lots to offer should you manage to pull yourself away from the course or the bar. Fishing, walking trails, surfing and scuba diving are all favorite activities to do while visiting Donegal. One must visit, however, is Glenveagh National Park, which is a nature reserve with beautiful scenery of mountains, lakes and woodlands. The highlight of the park though has to be Glenveagh Castle, built in 1870.

How To Get There

The lack of quality public transport in the area makes it a little trickier than other spots to get to, but if you’re driving, then there’s no issue at all. The Old Tom Morris Links is a 3 hrs 30mins drive from Dublin City Centre, 4hrs 10mins from Galway City Centre, and 1hr 15mins from Derry City Centre. If you happen to be flying into Donegal Airport, then it will take you around an hour to get to the area.

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